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tonight on "world news," star power. three megawatt political giants hit the campaign trail. who will deliver the most mojo? as the president shakes up his economic team. blackhawk down. nine of america's special ops elite die in a crash in afghanistan, and we show you how hard it is to land a helicopter in a dust storm. varmit summit. america overwhelmed by bedbugs, and experts gather to compare freezing them, frying them. what really works. and one dad's lesson. he stormed a school bus to confront kids bullying his disabled daughter. and now, he says, he learned something for all of us. good evening.
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think of it as a one, two, three political punch. exactly six weeks to go until the november election, and three of the most famous names in america are heading out to fight for their candidates. first lady michelle obama, now joining former president bill clinton and former alaska governor sarah palin, as the power hitters on the campaign trail. and the president, well, today, we learned that as the elections loom, he is going to shake up and rebuild his economic team. more on that in a minute. but we'll begin with our senior ut to hit the campaign trail. the white house calls her the closer. and with time running out for congressional democrats, they're sending her in. the first lady's political travel schedule reads like a who's who of endangered
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democrats. she'll stump in wisconsin for russ feingold, illinois for alexi giannoulias, who is running for the president's old senate seat, colorado for michael bennet, washington state for patty murray and california for barbara boxer. >> i think she will go out and make a forceful and positive case for what this administration has done. >> reporter: and former president bill clinton is out on the campaign trail, too, and is now offering the president some free advice. >> i would say, "i know a lot of people are mad and a lot of people are tired, apathetic. and i respect that. because we're not yet out of the hole we've got in." >> reporter: mr. clinton told george stephanopolous the president should say this to disgruntled voters. >> i'd like to see him do something i didn't do. i'd like to see him say, "the only thing that matters is, what are we going to do now? give us two years. don't go back to the policies that dug the hole. but if we don't do better" --
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this is the last thing, "if we don't do better, you can vote against us all and i'll be on the ballot, too. vote against us all if it's not better." >> reporter: clinton and mrs. obama have this in common -- both are more popular than the president. in a recent ap poll, 68% viewed mrs. obama favorably, followed closely by mr. clinton with 65%. in contrast, in that poll, 57% view the president favorably. on the other side, sarah palin upped the ante today, putting out a slick new web video that portrays her as a national leader of the tea party movement. the video shows her cheered on by enthusiastic tea partiers. >> this party that we call the tea party is the future of politics, and i am proud to get to be here today. >> reporter: but it could be argued the video does more to promote pay lynn than the republican party. in fact,
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2012, and she is about this one. diane? >> an exciting time already out there on the campaign trail. thank you, jon. going to turn now to george stephanopoulos. let's go back to this decision about the economic team. what's behind this and what does it mean for all of us? >> reporter: this was not unexpected. larry summers had two years from leaving harvard to get back and hold onto his tenure. he had told the president last year that he was likely to leave at the end of this year. >> he's a big player. >> reporter: he is. and he's the third big player. on the economic team. peter orszag, christina romer, now larry summers have all gone. white house officials tell me summers' position will not be filled until after the election, but this is not the only change in the white house. very possible maybe even likely that rahm emanuel, the chief of staff, will run for mayor of chicago. there is likely to be changes in the communications and political team as the re-election approaches so, i would expect a significant reorganization, after the election.
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now, that is not all that uncommon. >> but not easy to do. >> reporter: not easy to do at all, absolutely. >> let's talk about former president clinton's advice to president obama, is he going to take it? >> reporter: i think he may. first of all, white house aides say the president has already taken a piece of that advice. to go out on the campaign trail and really talk about the choice between republican and democratic policies. now, it is true that the president clinton and the first lady are more popular than the president, but what white house aides say president obama is more popular than republicans. i have to say, they were intrigued by that last piece of advice, basically, give people permission to vote no in two years, just stay the course now. >> kind of, call the bluff and go ahead. >> reporter: absolutely. and the other thing they all agree on, go out and fight for the next six weeks. the president will not hunker down in the white house. >> he'll be out? >> reporter: absolutely. republicans want that, as well.
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>> thank you, george. as we know, a centerpiece of the president's agenda has been health care reform, and it is now 36 hours until the first major changes from health care reform kick in. as we told you last night, these are changes that reach into millions o take effect on thursday, just what they will do and what they will not do. these triplets were born ten weeks prematurely. mira suffered the most serious medical problems. she had a kidney transplant at just 2 1/2. >> ready? >> i don't need help! >> reporter: but the wisconsin toddler does need help. at just 4 years old, she's already hit her $500,000 lifetime cap for insurance coverage, meaning -- >> they won't pay the claims. >> reporter: until now. >> some of the worst abuses, if you will, of the insurance companies are going to cease to exist. >> reporter: as of thursday, insurance companies will no longer be allowed to stop
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providing coverage to customers because of technical errors on past applications. or, impose lifetime dollar limits on essential benefits. the problem facing mira. >> just a huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders. >> reporter: as of thursday, if you're in any of these groups, you can call your insurance company to take advantage of any of these new rules. another big benefit is for children with pre-existing conditions. insurance companies are no longer allowed to deny them coverage. children, like christine's 7-year-old son alex, who has a rare bleeding disorder. medication can run $30,000 a month. more than a dozen providers have refused to even offer alex a policy because of this pre-existing condition. >> at one point we just stopped applying because it didn't seem like it was worth my time anymore to continue. i knew what the answer was going to be. >> reporter: now, her insurance company will have to offer here her son a plan, although she's
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country to talk about enacting these new protections for consumers. diane? >> jake tapper from the white house tonight, thank you, jake. and, one thing that is not changing for now, the don't ask, don't tell policy. ba bank bannig gays from serving openly in the military. today, senate republicans blocked a move to get rid of the law. deeming a setback to gay rights advocates who have been fighting to repeal it. a vote on don't ask, don't tell, will probably be brought up again after the november election. and, it was a deadly day for the u.s. military in afghanistan. nine americans, special ops forces, were killed in the crash of a blackhawk helicopter. the worst chopper disaster there in more than four years. but most of us cannot imagine what it takes to fly that machine in the mountains in a nast
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today, abc's mike boettcher talked with three helicopter pilots. >> i would say the biggest challenges we face are -- landing is definitely in the dust. the brownout conditions, at night, when there is little to no ambient lighting from the moon. >> reporter: the military trains its pilots to fly in those brownout conditions. when the dust kicks up so much, they're virtually blind. >> you really have to pick something out of the ground, something you know that's not going to move. so you can keep your eyes on it when the dust starts blowing, you know it's not going to move. that's how you keep your bearings.
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>> reporter: last year, we flew over the same area of today's crash. helicopters are the critical method of transportation here, the only way to criss-cross a country full of mountains and roads riddled with mines. >> you look at afghanistan, and the terrain that we're confronted with, this is really a helicopter war. >> reporter: and with the surge of troops, helicopters will be even more important. meaning today's crash likely won't be the last. nick schifrin, abc news, kabul. and, back in this country, taxpayer outrage and one answer. police in bell, california, fanned out today, arresting the mayor and seven other city officials charged with bilking struggling taxpayers. salaries in the stratosphere. it started with anger, and now criminal charges. here's mike von fremd. >> reporter: a raucous crowd gathered outside city hall as word spread that officials were being rounded up and arrested. one even had his door broken
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down by a police battering ram. >> they used the tax dollars collected from the hard working citizens of bell as their own piggy bank, which they then looted at will. >> reporter: former city manager robert rizzo made nearly $800,000 a year. almost twice what the president makes. city council members were paid nearly $8,000 a month for attending meetings that either never took place or lasted only minutes. the district attorney said that is fraud. >> this, needless to say, is corruption on steroids. >> reporter: the 40,000 residents of bell had been paying enormous property taxes and sewer fees. and today were thrilled to see those in charge thrown in jail. >> i'm ecstatic. i'm glad. it's about time they caught them. >> reporter: they were not arrested for simply making enormous amounts of money. >> getting paid a zillion dollars a year is not illegal in the state of california, unless you do it by elicit and illegal means. >> reporter: officials say private citizens need to do a
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better job of being their own watchdogs. >> these officials thought they would get away with it, and they did, for a number of years. and now finally, people are looking at it, saying, enough is enough. >> reporter: the district attorney says the eight arrested today face significant jail sentences. this is the biggest corruption scandal to be prosecuted in california in three decades. diane? >> all right, mike von fremd, our thanks to you. and, a new study raises doubts about offering teachers incentive bonuses to improve student performance. an education reform embraced by president obama and others. vanderbilt university researchers looked at the math scores of middle school students in nashville, over three years. some teachers were eligible for bonuses. other teachers agreed not to take them. and the finding? the students of teachers eligible for bonuses were no more successful than the other students. and still ahead on "world news," the bedbugs swarming america. will zapping them or freezing them work? the experts call a summit.
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and he confronted the children who bullied his daughter. was he being a bully himself? a tearful dad raises the question, what would you do? and, "world news" goes home, to our hometowns. ideas that make a difference in creating jobs and holding onto homes and hope. [ male announcer ] the financial headlines can be unsettling. but what if there were a different story? of one financial company that grew stronger through the crisis. when some lost their way, this company led the way. by protecting clients and turning uncertainty into confidence. what if that story were true? it is. ♪ [ male announcer ] we asked zyrtec® users
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as we've all been hearing, bedbugs are on the march in america, and not just hotels, but libraries, movie theaters. an increase of 500% across the country, in five years. so, today in chicago, experts from around the world gathered to show their big ideas for beating the bugs. barbara pinto was there. >> reporter: the war on bedbugs has come to this. a first ever national convention, showcasing the latest weapons. dogs trained to detect the tiny insects. and devices that kill them. so basically, this is how they hitch a ride? >> right. bedbugs will hitch a ride in your stuff. in your belongings. >> reporter: this heater bakes suitcases at 120 degrees, killing any stowaway. if they infest your furniture, this trailer-sized version is big enough for mattresses. lorne charnick goes to the other extreme -- freezing the bugs. >> it will kill them on contact. >> reporter: so this makes snow? >> yes it does. i'll show you.
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>> reporter: scott lode, an exterminator, came all the way to chicago from new jersey. >> ten out of ten calls a day we get are just on bedbugs. >> reporter: that's because the blood sucking insects have grown more resistance to pesticides. the state of ohio was so desperate, it petitioned the epa to use a banned chemical to fight them. killing the tiny bugs costs big money. almost $1,000 for an average home. thousands more for businesses and apartment buildings. and none of it is covered by insurance. that's what scares adam. he works for the housing authority in bloomington, illinois. >> i could have a building with one apartment having bedbugs to having 100 apartments. >> reporter: urban areas are the hardest hit. the most infested cities stretch from coast to coast. at the top? new york, where bedbugs have invaded movie theaters, retail stores. even the empire state building. >> we actually use new york city as a barometer for what we think is going to happen across the country in the next five to ten years. >> reporter: that may be enough
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to keep you up at night. barbara pinto, abc news, rosemont, illinois. and, still ahead, the father who stood up to the bullies on his daughter's school bus, tearfully speaking out. would you have done the same thing? [meow] desperate for nighttime heartburn relief? for many, nexium helps relieve heartburn symptoms caused by acid reflux disease. and for the majority of patients with prescription coverage for nexium, it can cost $30 or less per month. headache, diarrhea, and abdominal pain are possible side effects of nexium. other serious stomach conditions may still exist. ask your doctor if nexium can help relieve your heartburn symptoms. if you can't afford your medication, astrazeneca may be able to help.
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the video got a lot of people talking. was the father justified? and what would you have done? today, the father spoke public man, abc news, miami.
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>> one father's lesson. and, we turn now to what may be the biggest markdown ever of a house. a beverly hills mansion listed at $165 million in 2007 is back on the mark for only
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and before we leave, a note about a special series here on "world news" next week. five of us who report here are going to go home, looking for what works to help in this economy, back in our hometowns. back where we rode our bikes and played in our backyards. that's me in the black and white picture. i'll be heading to louisville to see how people there are coming up with great ideas to give each other a helping hand. sharyn alfonsi, heading back to georgetown, south carolina. and that's a young david muir, returning home to syracuse, new york. ron claiborne to oakland. bill weir to milwaukee.
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and we are going to go all over the country to hear from people about the great ideas they have come up with to revitalize their hometowns. and help their neighbors. and we want to hear about what's happening in your hometown that is working. head to send us pictures, videos and solutions for more jobs, for mortgages and for help and hope for families in this economy. so we hope to see you for that next week and hope to see you again tomorrow night for "world news." until then, good night. a pg&e outreach campaign in the aftermath of the san bruno explosion. a frightening discovery gets attention. >> the mayor questions the spending of stimulus money. why comments are raising eye brows tonight. >> nurses and teachers picket a fund-raiser for republican
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meg whitman. a campaign getting more negative every 30 seconds. a treatment taking over where diet and exercise often leave off. a method of smoothing out cellulite. >> good evening, details of the aging infrastructure are raising concerns across the bay area following release of the top 100 trouble spots. >> pg&e discovered a high pressure gas line with a dented pipe that. is not on that list. >> and david lieu gee live at the scene for us in san jose tonight. david? >> pg&e says it doesn't wait to do repairs when public safety is at risk. the dented pipe is gaining repair without having to wait its turn, but did take a while. the inspection done two months ago but results only known a week ago. crews started w

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